— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 26, 2017
Last year, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully retired after 67 seasons with the team. The Dodgers had a chance to make it to the World Series that season and send Scully off in style. Unfortunately, the team lost in the NLCS to the eventual World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. This year, the Dodgers have a chance to win their first World Series in 29 years, so they brought Scully out of retirement to throw out the first pitch at game two.
Scully walked out on the diamond to thunderous applause and proceeded to crack a few granddad jokes. Once he took the mound, former Dodgers great Steve Yeager came out to catch Scully’s pitch. Just as Scully did his wind up, he stopped and said he had shoulder issues. “Like all the managers in this game, I’m gonna have to go to the bullpen. I need a left-hander to come out and help me,” said Scully.
The 89-year-old looked toward the Dodgers dugout and out walked Fernando Valenzuela, the former Dodgers pitcher who gave L.A. “Fernandomania” in the early ‘80s. Nicknamed “El Toro,” Valenzuela won a World Series, a Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award with the Dodgers. He’s credited with sparking the love affair between the Dodgers and the Mexican/Mexican-American community in Los Angeles, which has a complicated history with Chavez Ravine, the land where Dodger Stadium is built.
Here’s a perfect example of how much love Valenzuela continues to receive in Los Angeles:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 25, 2017
Once Valenzuela threw out the first pitch, Scully, Yeager and El Toro came together to continue a Dodgers tradition.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 26, 2017
Vin’s still got it.